It’s inevitable that newborns will wake in the night, but creating a calming nursery can help your baby—and you—make the most of your windows of sleep and will set you up for future sleep success. Here are some tips on how to create a calming nursery.
Different Levels of Lighting
During the day, you may want to use your bright and beautiful light fixture that illuminates the entire nursery, but turning on bright lights at night is a real sleepy mood killer. We don’t recommend fumbling your way through a diaper change in the dark, but make sure you have some low light options to use at night to keep you and baby in that sleepy state of mind. A floor lamp or table lamp with a low wattage bulb or a dimmer for your overhead light are all great options.
Once your baby’s sleep routine is in place, she will regularly be clocking stretches of sleep that can even reach twelve hours. That means your baby is likely heading to bed when it’s still light out or sleeping through the early morning sunrise—and, of course, there are also naps to consider. Because our bodies take cues from natural light, you’ll want to prevent your baby from waking with the sun by using room darkening curtains or shades.
Sweet Sounds of Sleep
You may get lucky and have a baby that sleeps through every little thing in the house, but some babies are just lighter sleepers. Using a sound projector can help mask the noises of a busy household and keep baby snoozing through everyday disturbances.
Clean Up Clutter
Clutter can definitely affect your state of mind. While the jury’s out on whether babies also pick up on this, it can affect your mood and baby will likely sense that. Keep the nursery organized so that you can usher baby off to sleep in a calm—and clean—environment. Bins and baskets make clean up a snap for all of baby’s tiny belongings.
Make the Nursery Your Happy Place
While nurseries used to be designed with only the baby in mind, parents are now designing nurseries as a space for themselves as well. Happy and calm parents help baby relax too, so make sure you love the space as much as you think baby will. It’s a win-win!
This was a guest post from our friends Project Nursery who have joined us for our Sleep Awareness Week Celebration. Be sure to visit their site for more great nursery decorating tips and ideas. And stay tuned for our Sleep Awareness Week Giveaway!